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U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry gestures as he speaks to the media about the deal that six world powers and Iran have reached calling for Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief, at the International Conference Center of Geneva on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

Iran nuclear deal faces uphill battle with Congress; Netanyahu sees a 'historic mistake'

The Obama administration put on a full-court press Sunday to defend the deal the U.S. and key allies struck to try to halt Iran's burgeoning nuclear program — but the White House faces a tough sell with members of Congress who criticized the terms and said they'll still press for even tighter sanctions on the Islamic republic. Published November 24, 2013

A Mexican marine patrols near the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, on March 18, 2009. The administration of President Obama is preparing to send federal agents to the U.S.-Mexico border as reinforcements in the fight against Mexican drug cartels. The Obama administration is preparing to send federal agents to the US-Mexico border as reinforcements in the fight against Mexican drug cartels. (Associated Press)

Mexican drug cartels exploit asylum system by claiming 'credible fear'

The House Judiciary Committee has begun looking at reports that Mexican drug cartel members are abusing the U.S. asylum system to bypass regular immigration checks and get into the country, where some are setting up smuggling operations and others engage in the same violent feuds that caused them to flee Mexico in the first place. Published November 21, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., seated at center right, expresses frustration as the seats on the Republican side of the panel remain empty, causing the cancellation of an executive meeting to consider a dozen of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate is nearing a potential showdown on curbing the power that the Republican minority has to block President Barack Obama's nominations, as majority Democrats edge toward forcing a rewrite of filibuster rules through the chamber require only 51 votes to end filibusters and other delaying tactics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats trigger 'nuclear option' to eliminate many filibusters

Senate Democrats on Thursday used the so-called "nuclear option" to change the chamber's long-standing rules and eliminate filibusters of presidential nominees, in a move that could further erode whatever cooperative mood was left in Washington. Published November 21, 2013

A man marches with a sign during a protest in front of a building that houses federal immigration offices Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Atlanta.  Eight immigration activists, protesting deportations of people who are in the country illegally, were taken into custody by police after they locked arms and some of them chained themselves to the gates outside immigration offices..   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Illegal immigrants arrested protesting at Capitol

Activists said that illegal immigrants were arrested while protesting outside of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office on Wednesday in the latest escalation of civil disobedience designed to pressure Congress to legalize them. Published November 20, 2013

**FILE** Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama's choice to become Homeland Security Secretary, testifies on Capitol Hill on Nov. 13, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

Committee approves Johnson to be DHS secretary

Jeh Johnson, President Obama's nominee to head the massive Homeland Security Department, won Senate committee approval on Wednesday, clearing a key hurdle as he seeks to take the reins of a complex bureaucracy still suffering growing pains 10 years after it was created. Published November 20, 2013

Monte Harms, of Albuquerque, N.M., advocates Albuquerque's late term abortion ban outside of a voting site at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Albuquerque voters will decide whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks following an emotional and graphic campaign that has included protests and hundreds of thousands of dollars on television and radio ads that have brought out more than twice as many early voters as the recent mayoral elections. (AP Photo/Juan Antonio Labreche)

Abortion ban defeated in groundbreaking Albuquerque referendum

Voters in Albuquerque easily defeated a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, dealing a major blow Tuesday to pro-life advocates who had hoped that a win using the city's referendum process would be a model that other municipalities could follow. Published November 20, 2013

** FILE ** A sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Spy court says NSA exceeded bounds, but judges approved all data requests anyway

The federal government used the Patriot Act more than 500 times from 2005 through 2011 to secretly obtain records from businesses, including bulk telephone and Internet data, and never once did the secret court charged with oversight turn them down, according to the latest document dump from U.S. spy agencies. Published November 19, 2013

Immigration activists hold signs and shout during a protest in front of a building that houses federal immigration offices Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Atlanta.  Eight activists, protesting deportations of people who are in the country illegally, were taken into custody by police after they locked arms and some of them chained themselves to the gates outside immigration offices.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Illegal immigrants blockade Atlanta office to halt deportations

Illegal immigrants blockaded a federal office that handles deportations in Atlanta on Tuesday morning, and later in the day others in Chicago chained themselves to the wheels of a bus they said was headed to the airport on a deportation run. Published November 19, 2013

Larry Klayman. (Associated Press)

NSA snooping programs taken to federal court

A public interest lawyer who says the government is "messing" with his text messages pleaded with a federal judge Monday to halt the government's electronic snooping programs, in a case that tests whether Americans will be able to challenge the NSA's phone-records collection in regular courts. Published November 18, 2013

Judge Robert Wilkins, who sits on the U.S. District Court for D.C., didn't have the votes of 60 senators Monday to overcome a filibuster for his nomination to the higher U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. (Associated Press)

Senate's rule-changing 'nuclear option' may be getting close on judges

Senate Republicans on Monday filibustered President Obama's third and final nominee to sit on the powerful federal appeals court in Washington, leaving the chamber gridlocked and raising the possibility that Democrats will employ the "nuclear option" to change the chamber's rules. Published November 18, 2013

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2013 file photo, pro-abortion rights activists, rally face-to-face against anti-abortion demonstrators as both march in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in a demonstration that coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion. The Supreme Court declines for now to jump back into the abortion wars, but a variety of new abortion restrictions in several states could eventually win high court review. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Abortion battle goes local in New Mexico as Albuquerque votes on 20-week ban

Three years after Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors who openly advertised that he performed late-term abortions, was killed by a protester in Wichita, Kan., two of his fellow doctors now practice at Southwestern Women's Options, a late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque. Published November 17, 2013

Transportation Security Administration officials check check passengers entering a security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta on Nov. 18, 2010. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Bill makes TSA give up loose change

Passengers who leave their change at airport security checkpoints may not know they're doing it, but they're actually giving the TSA all of that money — and it amounts to about half a million dollars a year. Published November 17, 2013

Upset with President Barack Obama's immigration policy, about 250 people march to the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office with a goal of stopping future deportations on Monday Oct. 14, 2013, in Phoenix.  The protesters chanted "no more deportations" and "shut down ICE." (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Obama to stop deporting illegal relatives of U.S. troops, veterans

The Obama administration carved out yet another category of illegal immigrants it says it will no longer deport — in this case saying that relatives of U.S. troops and veterans who previously served can apply to stay in the country. Published November 15, 2013

If the TSA's behavior-profiling program at airports is defunded, Administrator John S. Pistole said, "There would be fewer passengers going through expedited screening, there would be increased pat-downs, there would be longer lines and there would be more frustration by the traveling public." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

TSA profiling at airports has yet to nab a terrorist

The TSA's behavior-profiling program at airports has been in effect for seven years, but has yet to identify any potential terrorists who pose a threat to aviation, the agency's administrator acknowledged Thursday. Published November 14, 2013

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Democrats still hoping for an immigration bill this year

Democrats say they haven't given up hope of acting on an immigration bill this year, despite House Speaker John A. Boehner's comments earlier in the week essentially putting the issue out of reach. Published November 14, 2013